Jenkem or Jekem, also known as, "Leroy Jenkem", is an inhaled gas which can result in dissociation and hallucinations. It is made from fermented sewage. According to Fountain of Hope, a non-profit organization, Jenkem is used by street children in Lusaka, Zambia as a substitute for ordinary inhalants such as glue or petrol. According to anecdotal sources and still unconfirmed media reports, Jenkem is as of November 2007 in the process of attaining a foothold among US teenagers
Its effects last for around an hour and consist of auditory and visual hallucinations. A 16-year-old boy describes his preference for jenkem over other inhalants "With glue, I just hear voices in my head. But with Jenkem, I see visions. I see my mother who is dead and I forget about the problems in my life." The raw materials are plentiful and freely available in the form of fecal matter from the open sewers of Lusaka. This is then fermented in plastic bottles and the fumes are inhaled.
The first media description of Jenkem came from an Inter Press Service wire report in 1995. In 1999 BBC News then ran a story devoted to this new drug. The news reports give no information as to how or when the children first began manufacturing jenkem. Snopes (Urban Legends Reference Pages) still has the phenomenon listed as undetermined, however citing both a widely circulated trip report from an American teenager posted to the an online forum, and a leaked alert bulletin from the Collier County Sherrif's Office in Naples, Florida which asserts that Jenkem has attained popularity in American schools.
Mainstream media picking up on western use
On November 3, 2007, immediately following the publication of the Snopes report which included the leaked memo from Collier County Sherrif's Office, two mainstream media outlets, television station KIMT of Mason City, Iowa and WINK NEWS, a Fort Myers, Florida broadcaster, reported on the rumours of Jenkem being a new hallucinogenic drug among American high school students. According to WINK News, Collier County Sherrif's Office confirms having issued the drug alert.
Ok... this one I don't get. When sewage breaks down under anaerobic conditions it produces lots of methane, ammonia, carbon dioxide, and maybe a little hydrogen sulfide (which we only can hope they get a high enough dose to kill them). Is this what these kids are allegedly getting high on? Why don't they stick there heads up a cows ass then that would do a better job or drown in the nearest pig farm run-off lagoon.
Lets see when I was 17 back in 1981 we had the following types of weed readily available at various times of the the year dependent on growing seasons, etc.
1. Low grade Mexican (will never change)
2. Sensimiella (mmmm, makes your eyes red just thinkin' about it)
3. Hawaiian (one hit wonders!)
4. Skunk Bud (had to two bag the shit it stank so good)
5. Thai Stick (could even manage to forget your own name you got so high)
6. Columbian Gold (ice bongs & brain freeze)
7. Panama Red (party favorite)
8. Morrocan Hash (blonde goodness)
9. Afghani Hash (thanks to Reagan it flourished)
Now we've got kids pissing & shitting to get high, WTF has happened???